Weight Loss

UK's Most Radical Surgical Weight Loss Treatments and The Celebrities Who Have Opted For Them

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Rosie O'Donnell had vertical gastric sleeve surgery in 2013. Surgeons remove a large portion of the stomach, leaving a banana-shaped "sleeve" that connects the esophagus to the small intestines.

She told People magazine in September 2014: "In my opinion, [this surgery is] something that needs a little more attention for people who have suffered with morbid obesity their whole lives. This has really, really helped [me]."

The former "View" host acknowledged that the surgery didn't solve everything very quickly. "Everyone has to approach it in a way that feels right with them, [but] once you have the surgery, it's not a magic pill," she explained. "It's still hard. You have to risk your life, and you're in severe discomfort for a couple of months, and it forces you to modify your behavior when you haven't been able to before."

Rosie O'Donnell

Gastric Band Surgery

In 1999, Sharon Osbourne had gastric band surgery and lost more than 100 pounds, but it wasn't exactly the answer she was looking for to feel better about herself. "The Talk" host felt guilty about the method.

In 2014, she told "Entertainment Tonight," "I felt [like] such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach, and people are saying, 'You look wonderful!' And I'd go, 'Thank you, I just have to leave and vomit.'"

The star admitted she was a "food addict" and eventually learned to control herself.

"I'd be fibbing if I said I don't cheat. Because I do cheat," she revealed. "I cheat a lot on my diet. We all do."

In gastric band surgery, a silicone device is placed around the upper section of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band and restricting the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten.

Sharon Osbourne

Gastric Bypass Surgery

In 2003, former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson had gastric bypass surgery. This makes the stomach smaller and causes food to bypass part of the small intestine.

He told WebMD in 2008: "Liquid fasts. Bee stings. Urine of pregnant women. You name it. I have tried it. The problem is that those diets don't work for people who have the disease of obesity."

Jackson said he decided to see help after peaking at 350 pounds and being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

He later wrote a book to help others: "Body with Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on your Best Health Ever ."

Randy Jackson


Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted body fat

It involves sucking out small areas of fat that are hard to lose through exercise and a healthy diet. It's carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs and tummy.

The aim is to alter body shape, and the results are generally long-lasting, providing you maintain a healthy weight.

It works best in people who are a normal weight and in areas where the skin is tight.

Liposuction carried out for cosmetic reasons is not normally available on the NHS. However, liposuction can sometimes be used by the NHS to treat certain health conditions

If you're thinking of having liposuction for cosmetic reasons, think very carefully before you go ahead. It can be expensive, the results can't be guaranteed, and there are risks to consider. It’s a good idea to tell your GP first.

Stars who have had liposuction include : Tara Reid, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joan Rivers

Jamie Lee Curtis

Fat Freezing

Fat Freezing

It's not a new treatment otherwise known as Coolsculpting is preferred by celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian, Colleen Rooney and Gemma Collins. Thousands of treatments are being performed worldwide (over 650,000 so far!), yet new important updates have surfaced since CoolSculpting first launched. Here's everything you need to know before freezing your fat:

Fat cells self-destruct when the skin gets cold enough. The FDA-cleared procedure suctions in the skin surrounding the area of fat you want to freeze, then uses controlled cooling (aka cryolipolysis) to drop the temperature of the skin down to where the fat cells die. The body then eliminates the cells in the following weeks.

There is a tendency for uneven removal. It's not skill-dependent, since a vacuum-like head suctions the skin in to freeze it, so there is a risk of uneven removal.

It costs over £650 per treatment !

One treatment has been said to be enough, but that isn't always the case. So in the end, it might not be the most cost-effective option to get the results you're looking for. Be sure to talk to your doctor before going in for the treatment to see if you're the perfect candidate for this procedure.

The procedure is for very discreet fat removal. Picture a thin man with love handles or a woman with small pockets of fat on her inner thighs. "Broader areas are not good for this treatment because that won't come out evenly," Dr. Frank adds.

There is literature that Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) can occur after cryolipolysis. fat can grow back rather than disappearing forever. "Of course, there are risks with everything, but this is the only fat removal process that has this particular risk though low," Frank adds.

It takes an hour to treat each section. So it could take a long time, depending on how many areas you want to treat.

You might experience cryolipolysis-induced numbness that can last for weeks. "It does something to the superficial nerves when the skin is frozen that can leave you without feeling for hours," Dr. Frank says.

You can also have bruising. There's minimal downtime with this treatment, but you might experience bruising since the areas treated will have been pulled, tugged, and pinched in the suction process. And you could be sore for days or weeks after the treatment.

Full results take weeks or months to show up. This depends on how well your body reacts to the treatment. You should expect to full results by the second or third month.

You need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to keep the results.